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Oklahoma lieutenant governor: School safety panel will focus on attainable solutions

BY LT. GOV. TODD LAMB Published: January 13, 2013
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Legislators won't serve as commission members. Those posts will be occupied by experts in the professions of homeland security, mental health and law enforcement, as well as local school administrators, teachers and, of course, parents. My hope is that this collection of invested minds will collaborate and agree on outcomes that will protect Oklahoma children.

Many have asked whether gun control will be at the heart of the discussion. I want to make one thing clear: The gun control debate is being waged on the federal level. As a statewide elected official, I have tasked myself and this commission with the strengthening and empowering of local schools, to provide them with the knowledge and resources to facilitate a secure learning environment for future generations. The Oklahoma Commission on School Security will focus on just that, school security. The task is crucial. And it is attainable.

Lamb, a Republican, was elected lieutenant governor in 2010. The 23-person school security commission will hold its first meeting at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in Room 419-C of the state Capitol. For more information or to submit ideas, call Lamb's office at (405) 521-2161.